November 15, 2001

Men's Basketball Signs Two Prized Recruits To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 14, 2001

Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara has signed Josh Davis, a 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Sacramento's Elk Grove High School, and Glenn Turner, a 6-foot-9 forward from San Jose's Overfelt High School, to National Letters of Intent, head basketball coach Bob Williams announced today.

"I am elated that Josh and Glenn have decided to become part of the Gaucho basketball program," Williams said. "Combined with the outstanding young players we already have, I believe our future looks extremely bright."

Davis, an off-guard at Elk Grove is expected to make the transition to point guard at UCSB. As a junior, he averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 51.0% from the field and 80.0% from the free throw line. He earned MVP honors at three tournaments, including Elk Grove's own Bill Cartwright Tournament. Davis also earned All-CIF, All-Sacramento Area, and all-league. Davis was also recruited by Cal, Oregon, Santa Clara and Texas-El Paso.

"Josh was the top all-around perimeter player we saw play last summer," Williams recalled. "We feel very strongly that he will be one of the best point guards that has ever been in this program. He has a great feel for the game and tremendous court awareness. Quite simply, he has the ability to make his teammates better."

Turner, who has a 7-foot-3 arm span, averaged 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as a junior. He was named All-CIF Central Coast Section, All-Bay Area and all-league.

"Glenn was our top-rated post player," Williams said. "He is extremely athletic and skilled. In some ways he reminds me of Adama Ndiaye. As he gets stronger and grows into his body, he will develop into one of the best defensive players in the Big West and on the West Coast."

Overall, Williams was ecstatic with the signing of the duo from Northern California.

"For us to sign our top-rated players at two positions is huge," he said. "Not only are Josh and Glenn a perfect fit for us in a basketball sense, but they are outstanding young men who will fit in perfectly as students at UC Santa Barbara and as members of our program."

The Gauchos will graduate just two players (Adama Ndiaye and Mike Vukovich) from this year's team.